KEW’s team has extensive and directly relevant experience to bring to the project.
During 2013/14, Dr Kamal Kalsi and Kevin Chown led a successful project funded by the Energy Technologies Institute – ‘Waste Gasification Phase 1’ – to design and develop an efficient, economically and commercially-viable small-scale advanced gasification plant.
This £1m project involved addressing all the issues required to prepare for financing and construction, including technical risk assessment/evidencing, commercial, regulatory and HSE aspects. The assessment by the ETI and its assessment panel was a rigorous 10-month process, competing against other well-known competitors.
KEW’s overall solution was assessed as being superior to the alternatives and the technology was selected for the Phase 2 Project to construct the plant. Hans Masson then joined the team, bringing all of his operational and commissioning experience, gained across Europe, within the gasification and power plant sector.
KEW has worked in partnership with the Energy Technologies Institute to design and construct a the commercial demonstrator plant in the Midlands. This technology demonstrator (called ‘Sustainable Energy Centre’) is undergoing testing and will be fully operational in 2021, converting 14,000 tonnes per year of locally sourced mixed wastes and providing 1.8 MWe electrical power to the local grid and the option to provide heat to local users.
Value Proposition – Our Vision
KEW Technology’s vision is to promote higher efficiency use of solid waste feedstocks via energy products such as fuels, heat as well as power. This is achieved through small-scale, efficient plants that form a fundamental ingredient of future smart infrastructure.
The technology is unique in its compact and modular nature, and through its ultra-low emissions, making it ideal for integration into industrial and commercial premises. It allows the conversion of locally-generated wastes into heat and power for on-site consumption as part of an embedded infrastructure solution. The technology can also produce advanced liquid fuels from waste.
The future of energy and resource use for industrial, residential and transport infrastructure is highly interlinked via ‘Smart’ systems. These integrate uses and sources in complex networks that allow an optimisation of energy usage.
This project is a fundamental step in integrating waste into such a system and fully harnessing it as a valuable resource.
Disposal of residual waste (post-removal of any recyclables) is a growing problem worldwide, as is the provision of sustainable, low-cost sources of power and heat to end consumers in many countries.
KEW’s long-term goal is to harness its own technology to tackle these issues with hundreds of small-scale plants, in local communities or on industrial / commercial premises in the UK and beyond.
KEW was formed in 2016 with the specific purpose of facilitating the delivery of a world first: a high-efficiency advanced thermal conversion (ATC) plant using specialist intellectual property owned by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and Dr. Kalsi. The three founder-directors of KEW are:
Chief Executive Officer
Kamal has more than 9 years’ experience in renewable energy projects using waste fuels, providing commercially driven solutions using existing proven technologies in novel configurations.
Chief Operating Officer
Kevin is responsible for delivery of the SEC and brings ten years of large company experience in the development of power generation systems and extensive knowledge of planning and permitting processes for waste to energy plants, in addition to renewable incentives, power sales and waste supply.
Chief Technology Officer
Hans is responsible for the design and delivery of the gasification process, and its integration with the control systems. He comes with strong experience in the renewables sector.